Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #4 is possibly my favorite issue in this series so far. It is hard to say because the others have been good as well, but in issue #4 we get to see Darth Vader as the merciless evil leader he is. Vader takes Cadet Tohm’s idea of using all the prisoners as troops to fight the rebellion and twists it. First, they fight to the death and then those few left standing are allowed to join the Empire. If they restore the Emperor to his throne the surviving prisoners will be pardoned for the previous crimes.
After the brutal fight Tohm faces his toughest assignment and it scars him. However, it has the potential to make hims a strong commander for the empire. Moff Trachta recognizes this and uses the opportunity to offer him some advice. We’ll see next issue how that plays out, but it seems that both he and Vader have been working to mold Tohm into what they want him to be as a soldier and leader.
Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison #4 ends with Tohm and one of the freed prisoners, Shonn Volta, sharing their stories of how they came to oppose the Jedi and fight with the side of the Empire. They have similar reasons for hating the Jedi. But it also gives him some ideas for options they could exploit in the final issue of the series next month. It should be a great battle, but we’ll have to wait and see how that plays out for Tohm personally.